Boyzone - Back Again... No Matter What
Greatest Hits albums are great news for people who just want the hits, but for the die-hard fans aren't they a bit of a rip off?
Take Boyzone, for example. While it's almost a decade since the release of their last 'best of' set, By Request, the band have only released a couple of singles since then, so is it really worth shelling out again?
Well, yes and no. The tracklisting's been re-jigged a fair bit - early hits Key To My Life and So Good have been ditched in favour of a trio of new songs: current single, Love You Anyway, a cover of Tom Baxter's Better and another new track, Can't Stop Thinking About You, which is in a similar vein to Sugababes' Push The Button, but accompanied by 80s computer game-style sound effects. We're not quite sure it works on first listen, but musically it's a daring move never-the-less.
The album also includes a rousing live version of Ronan's solo hit, Life Is A Rollercoaster, as performed by the boys on their recent UK arena tour, and there's also a special edition version hitting the shelves which boasts a bonus DVD with all the videos - don't say the boys don't spoil you!
If the extras don't float your boat, however, it might be worth dusting off their last hits collection that's been gathering dust at the bottom of your wardrobe. You'd better brush up on those lyrics quick though - as the boys are set to head out on the road again in the Spring, as well as appearing at 95.8 Capital FM's Jingle Bell Ball in December.
All together now: I had a picture of you in my mind...